Recommended Read-Alouds

Some of the lessons include optional read-aloud storybooks that may be read to the children at any point during the lesson. The lessons include all of the information necessary for the children to learn and understand the unit concepts. The optional read-aloud books are suggested as additional information to complement the unit if you choose. Note: Not all lessons have suggested read-alouds.

The books listed can typically be purchased online or found at your local library. A printable list is available within the science unit and a visual list is provided below for your convenience.  Click the pictures below to view details or purchase via Amazon.

* = top picks

Any Lesson

*Chirping Crickets by Melvin Berger


Interest level K-6

Lesson 5 or 6 – Bees & Wasps

The Beeman by Laurie Krebs and Valeria CisFiction & Nonfiction

Interest level K-4

*Amazing Bees by Sue Unstead


Interest level K-4

Lesson 7 – Entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre

*Small Wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre & His World of Insects

by Matthew Clark Smith


Interest level K-6

Lesson 8 or 9 – Butterflies

*Monarch Butterfly by Gail GibbonsFiction

Interest level PreK-2

Lesson 10 – Ants

Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros


Interest level PreK-4

Lesson 12 – Arachnids

This lesson requires you choose and read a book about arachnids. Here are our top suggestions:

*Spiders (National Geographic Kids) by Laura Marsh


Interest level K-4

*Spinning Spiders by Melvin Berger


Interest level K-3

*Spiders by Seymour Simon


Interest level K-12

The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery

Nonfiction & Biography

Interest level 5-12

Spiders (Our Amazing World) by Kay de Silva


Interest level 3-12

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